George Robert White Memorial
N 42° 21.320 W 071° 04.325
The George Robert White Memorial is located in the north west corner of the Boston Public Garden in Boston, MA.
George Robert White was born and lived in Boston, MA. He began his career with the Weeks and Potter Drug Company as a boy and rose to become the president and owner of the firm later renamed the Potter Drug and Chemical Company. The companies signature product was the antibacterial soap "Cuticura".
George Robert White amassed a large fortune became a noted an American philanthropist. He supported many charitable organizations, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts General Hospital. After his death in 1922, he left an endowment of over $5,000,000 to the City of Boston which is now called the George Robert White Fund.
A 6' high bronze figure of a winged allegorical figure or angel created by Daniel Chester French stands on top of a 5' by 7' granite base. The sculpture sits in the center of a 20' diameter basin. The sculpture was installed in 1924.
The base of the sculpture is inscribed:
CAST THY BREAD
UPON THE WATERS
FOR THOU SHALT FIND IT
AFTER MANY DAYS
ECCLES. XI I
The rim of the basin is inscribed:
IN MEMORY OF GEORGE ROBERT WHITE 1847 - 1922
A PUBLIC SPIRITED CITIZEN
WHOSE GREAT GIFT TO THE CITY OF BOSTON
PROVIDED FOR THE CREATION OF WORKS OF
PUBLIC UTILITY AND BEAUTY FOR THE USE
AND ENJOYMENT OF THE INHABITANTS